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Short Guide to Making Your own Baby Shower Registry

Feb 5, 2008
Whether you are having your first baby or your fifth, there are some items that you will need to get your home and your life ready for the new little person who will be joining your family. Traditionally, friends and family provide some of these items as baby shower gifts.

How do your baby shower guests know what you need and want for your baby? A baby shower registry is the best way to let them know which baby items you don't have yet and would love to receive as gifts.

A baby shower registries can take many forms. Most retail stores offer their own shower registry service, or you can make one online for one store or many stores.

In Store Scanner

If you choose to do an in-store baby shower registry, you will likely be given a small scanner that allows you to go through the store and scan the barcodes of the items you would like to add to your registry. When you are done, the items are loaded onto a list on a special computer system.

Your version can then be printed in the store by anyone shopping for gifts for you, and in some cases it can be viewed online. The drawback to this method is that your baby shower registry depends on available stock, both on the day you're compiling your list and on the day your friends and family shop for you.

Online

An online registry is a little more flexible in that it's not restricted so much by physical stock. For a single-site registration, you set up a registry account which is usually free. You then browse through the site, and when you see an item that you'd like to add, you click a button to add it to your registry.

When it's complete, you can send an email link to your friends and family, telling them how to access the list. They then follow the link to the site you've chosen and select items to buy from your list. The items can then be shipped either to you or directly to the buyer. In some cases, they can even be sent to the store for in-store pickup.

Multi-Vendor

A multi-site baby-shower-registry is the most flexible of these options, but it may be confusing for your less tech-savvy friends and family to navigate. A multi-site registry can be started by signing up with a website that specializes in gift registries. Membership at these sites is usually free; their revenue is made from advertisers who place their products on the sites.

Depending on the registry service you use, you can either shop through many categories on that site or shop at any website you choose. The steps involved in adding items to your baby shower registry vary for different registry services, but it usually involves only a few clicks.

Your personalized link can then be sent to friends and family, and they simply click on the items that they would like to buy for you. If they are coming from several different vendors, it may be confusing or frustrating for some people to buy from multiple sellers.

Whichever option you choose for compiling and distributing your baby shower registry, it's a great way to let your guests know what you need and avoid duplicate gifts.
About the Author
Michael Hehn is the webmaster of http://babyshowerssite.com, a site that offers a wide range of useful and helpful information about baby showers . Visit his site for more free tips to choose the best baby shower accessories for you.
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